Looking for ideas to post as part of a New Year's post, I came across this simple and beautiful way to serve grapes at the stroke of midnight.
In Spain and Latin America revelers mark the new year by quickly eating a dozen grapes at the stroke of midnight. The fruit is said to be a predictor of the year ahead. Each sweet grape represents a good month, each sour grape a less-than-lucky one. I personally detest the idea and refuse to eat them. I always get nothing but sour grapes, or maybe they just taste that way when accompanied by Champagne. Perhaps they would taste better with the sparkling dry Spanish cider which is the traditional drink of Spain for New Year's and slightly sweeter.
On the other hand, I love the Cuban tradition of throwing a bucket of water out the back door to clear the evil spirits that have accumulated over the year. This is a lot of fun, particularly when my children were young or when I entertain my American or foreign friends. It is symbolic of throwing out the bad things accumulated over the past year and starting fresh and clean. It is said that in old Havana nobody dared take a stroll at midnight on New Year's Eve for fear of being hit with a splash of water coming out of windows and doors.
These are simple and fun traditions and it only takes a bucket of water and a bunch of grapes. So, if you are having a party, even if you are not Cuban or Spanish, make them a part of the celebrations and give everyone a good laugh at the stroke of midnight. All you need to do is thread 12 grapes onto each skewer and serve in a glass of Champagne just before the countdown. You know what to do with the bucket of water!
FELIZ ANO NUEVO!
Champagne/grape Idea courtesy of Martha Stewart Holidays
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